Jaron Brandt joined our staff as our Student Minister in June 2016. He has a degree in Biblical Studies from Oklahoma Christian University, where he met his wife Michaela. Jaron has worked previously as a college ministry intern at the Edmond Church of Christ and a youth ministry intern at the Legacy Church of Christ. A self-proclaimed “jack-of-all-trades,” Jaron enjoys finding new ways to connect with others through interests and activities. Jaron and Michaela were excited to have joined the family at CARE Church as they began their life together as a married couple.
Dr. Drew Gaylor
Drew Gaylor is our Preaching Minister, and he began serving with CARE Church in August of 2013. Drew loves preaching and teaching, working with people, and paying attention to the movement of the Spirit in his life and the life of CARE. He is married to Jennifer, and they have two wonderful children: Tyler and Loralai. He has a B.A. in Bible from ACU (2000), a M.Div. from Brite Divinity School (2003), and a D.Min. from ACU (2011). Drew has served with churches in Indianapolis, IN (Westlake Church of Christ) and Lawrenceville, GA (Gwinnett Church of Christ). He enjoys spending time with his family, sports, movies, books, and Tex-Mex. Drew is grateful to serve with the CARE Church family in extending the love and care we have received from God to all others.
CARE CORPS DIRECTOR
Lori Garner joined our staff as our CARE Corps Director in August of 2019. Lori has been a member at CARE Church since 1992. She grew up in Rockford Illinois. She married her husband Michael in 1979. They moved to the Little Rock Arkansas area in 1982 and then relocated to Richardson in 1992. They have 5 children and 7 grandchildren. She previously worked at the CARE Child Development Center.
Don grew up in Wichita, Kansas, went to Oklahoma Christian College and University of North Texas, studying music. Don and his wife, Naomi, moved to Texas in 1976 and became apart this Church. Don retired in 2014 and after working in some part-time jobs in the interim joined the CARE Church staff in September 2018.
Meredith McDaniel joined our staff as a Children’s Minister in 2016 after being a long time member. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education and Educational Master in Reading, both from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. Before working at CARE Church, she worked in local public schools teaching Kindergarten and Fourth Grade. She lives in Richardson with her husband, Jackson and two sons, Jay and Jonathan. In addition to working with kids, Meredith enjoys baking, hosting guests, and DIYing around the house.
CARE CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER DIRECTOR
Danielle Otenti has been with our Child Development Center since 2008. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Dallas. She loves working with children and previously taught Kindergarten for eight years. Danielle has been a member of CARE Church since her early youth. She and her husband Bobby have three children.
Laura Snyder joined our staff as our Ministry Assistant in March of 2013 after eleven years in the legal profession. She has been a member of CARE Church since 2008. Originally from Arlington, Laura graduated from Southeastern Community College in Keokuk, Iowa in 2002 and later The University of Texas at Arlington where she obtained her paralegal degree in 2005. She and her husband, Evan, a life-long member of CARE Church, live in Allen with their three children, Cole, Gretchen, and Mason. She enjoys cooking, baking, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
Mike Sparks is married to Judi (3/21/1981) and has three adult children and four grandchildren. He has served in full-time ministry since 1983. Mike received a Bachelor’s degree in Sacred Literature from Southeastern Biblical Institute in 1983 and completed the National Institute of Church Finance and Administration at Chandler Theological Seminary (Emory University) in 2012. Mike finds his fulfillment as a minister in congregational organization, teaching, and equipping others in finding their place of passion in service to God. In addition to his ministry interest, Mike enjoys backpacking, SCUBA diving/instructing, and other outdoor activities.
Emily joined our staff in the summer of 2016 after being a member and regular volunteer in Children’s Ministry for 10 years at CARE Church. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Abilene Christian University. Before joining our staff, she taught 2nd grade in Richardson ISD. Her interest in children’s ministry began as a young adult, serving as a summer children’s ministry intern for 3 summers during her college years. She is married to Jordan, a life-long member at CARE, and they have two children, Caroline and Henry. Emily enjoys traveling, cooking, and is a lover of children’s books!
Zach joined our staff February 2019 following years of worship ministry with two previous churches. He is also talented vocally having sung with Acapella and now with ZOE Group. Zach graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Ministry. He is married to Shawntay and has one son Ridge.